Stigmella nivea,

Stonis, Jonas R., Diškus, Arūnas, Remeikis, Andrius, Karsholt, Ole & Torres, Nixon Cumbicus, 2017, Illustrated review of the leaf-mining Nepticulidae of the central Andes (Peru and Bolivia), Zootaxa 4257 (1), pp. 1-70: 38

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Stigmella nivea


The Stigmella nivea  group (designated here) (species 30–35)

Diagnostics ( Fig. 37View FIGURE 37): forewing speckled (sometimes dark scales form subapical or apical fascia). In male genitalia, phallus with large cornuti aggregated into a band; valva with two apical processes (occassionally one); uncus bilobed but lobes closely juxtaposed, sometimes lobes are not separated and uncus looks rounded; gnathos with one caudal process or two very closely juxtaposed processes; vinculum usually small with triangular lateral lobes. Currently the group comprises of seven very similar but still differing Andean species: one from Ecuador (undescribed, Stonis et al., in prep.) and six from Peru (reviewed below). Host-plant relationships: larvae of three trophically investigated species mine leaves of Acalypha  ( Euphorbiaceae, Fabids  , Rosidae), Sida  ( Malvaceae, Malvids  , Rosidae), and Ageratina  ( Asteraceae, Campanulids  , Asteridae).